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Yoga and Hip Dysplasia
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May 1, 2011 - 4:12 pm
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A friend of mine swears she visited a site that claimed Yoga videos would cause practitioners to have Hip Dysplasia. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I need to research it and there is hardly any information available. We can't come up with site, but I'm wondering about the possibility of incorrect postures causing such a thing and if it's really possible. I mean - really - I've never heard such a claim before.

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Hip Dysplasia is a degenerative disease of the hip join that is often a hereditary tendency and can sometimes be spotted at birth. It is a progressive, deteriorating problem within the ball-and-socket joint of the hip. With Hip Dysplasia the ball does not fit or move correctly within the socket. Holding postures slowly and in good alignment should help reduce the pain of Hip Dysplasia.

Now, getting back to learning from Yoga videos: The two issues have nothing to do with each other. If a student has pre-existing Hip Dysplasia, he or she should talk to a physician, physical therapist and a therapeutic Yoga teacher to make sure everyone is on the same page. Deep and low Warrior postures don't seem wise, but that should be taken up with the doctor. If Yoga is done carefully in a gentle therapeutic session it should be fine. If any posture hurts in the hip - STOP right away. If pain stops that's a good thing.

I really think yoga videos are helpful if a person watches and takes notes before doing anything. Also, videos are much safer in the hands of Yoga teachers.

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